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United States presidential election, 1964
United States
1960 ←
November 3, 1964
→ 1968

  Earlwarren Humphrey
Nominee Earl Warren Hubert Humphrey
Party Republican Democratic
Home state California Minnesota
Running mate Harold Stassen Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
States carried 39 11

President before election

Earl Warren
Republican

Elected President

Earl Warren
Republican

The United States presidential election of 1964 was held two years after the arrival of the Race's Colonization Fleet. Unknown to the electorate, incumbent President Earl Warren had made decisions in 1962 that would later bring the country to the brink of war with the Race.

The CampaignEdit

Warren had been first elected in 1960. He was challenged by Democrat Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota.

In terms of policy, both foreign and domestic, very little distinguished the two.

The ElectionEdit

Humphrey's inability to distinguish himself led to his spectacular defeat. The country was comfortable with Warren, and saw no reason to replace him.

What the voters did not know was that in 1962, Warren had ordered an explosive-metal bomb attack on the Colonization Fleet while it was in orbit. Countless Race civilians were killed. This fact came to light in 1965. In response to an ultimatum from Fleetlord Atvar, Warren agreed to allow the Race to destroy the city of Indianapolis in retribution, rather than discontinue the country's space program. Warren committed suicide shortly after Indianapolis was bombed. He was succeeded by Harold Stassen, who had, among other causes for concern, no confidence in his electability in 1968; he assumed the Democrats would capitalize on Warren's serious lapse of judgment and use it to leverage themselves into an electoral landslide.

OTL ElectionEdit

In Worldwar, 1964 was a landslide victory for the Republicans; in OTL, it was a landslide for the Democrats. Of the four national candidates who ran in Worldwar, one was on the historical ballot: Hubert Humphrey ran for Vice President as the running mate of the incumbent Lyndon Johnson; there was no incumbent Vice President, the office had been vacant since Johnson ascended to the Presidency upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Earl Warren's Worldwar running mate, Harold Stassen, had also sought the Republican presidential nomination, his fourth of what would ultimately be nine unsuccessful tries.

The Republican ticket was Barry Goldwater and William Miller. Goldwater ran a campaign that was lackluster to the point of listlessness, and lost by a humiliatingly wide margin. Frustration with the course of the Vietnam War at home eroded Johnson popularity as he served his full term, and he dropped out of the 1968 election in the face of stiff challenges for his own party's nomination.

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